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FIVB 2010 Women's Volleyball World Championship
29 October - 14 November 2010

 ITA / Italy - Team Composition

Team manager SCIASCIA Stefano
Head coach BARBOLINI Massimo
Assistant coach BRACCI Marco
Doctor FERRAZZA Fabrizio
Therapist / trainer NOCENTINI Luca
Journalist LISI Carlo
  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
  2 Cristina Barcellini Barcellini 20/11/1986 183 78 307 292 Imoco Volley Conegliano
  3   Ilaria Garzaro Garzaro 29/09/1986 189 70 312 292 Chateau d'Ax Urbino Volley
  4 Lucia Crisanti Crisanti 16/03/1986 186 70 312 292 Chateau D'Ax Urbino Volley
  5   Giulia Rondon Rondon 16/10/1987 189 74 304 280 ICOS Crema
  L 6 Chiara Arcangeli Arcangeli 14/02/1983 167 57 278 262 Despar
  9   Chiara Di Iulio Di Iulio 5/05/1985 184 65 291 278 Foppapedretti Bergamo
  L 10 Paola Cardullo Cardullo 18/03/1982 159 56 275 268
  11   Serena Ortolani Ortolani 7/01/1987 187 63 320 240 Pro Victoria Pallavolo SRL
  12 Francesca Piccinini Piccinini 10/01/1979 184 71 304 279 Liu Jo Modena
  13   Valentina Arrighetti Arrighetti 26/01/1985 185 72 318 310 Lokomotiv Baku
  C 14 Eleonora Lo Bianco Lo Bianco 22/12/1979 171 67 287 273 Galatasaray Istanbul
  15   Antonella Del Core Del Core 5/11/1980 180 75 296 279 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
  16 Lucia Bosetti Bosetti L 9/07/1989 178 63 310 292 Pallavolo Scandicci SDB SSDRL
  17   Simona Gioli Gioli 17/09/1977 185 70 307 283 Fakel Novyj Urengoj
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Volleyball is the most practised women’s sport in Italy and the Italian Volleyball Federation (FIPAV) has more than 100,000 registered athletes. The national team gained a position among Volleyball’s elite with their first Olympic qualification, for the Sydney Games of 2000.

Prior to that, the best performances at international level had been the third-place finish at the 1989 European Championships in Germany and fifth place at the 1998 World Championships in Japan.

But over the last few seasons the development of Italian women’s Volleyball has been growing steadily, especially at youth level. In 1995 the national youth team won the European Championships and finished third at the World Championships before claiming the 1996 European Junior Championship.

Italy first took part in the FIVB Grand Prix in 1994, finishing eighth, before coming fifth in 1997, fifth in 1998, fourth in 1999 and fifth in 2003. In 1999 they also came fifth at the World Cup. In 2001 Italy reached their first continental final, winning silver against Bulgaria, and a year later they picked up the ultimate honour – the FIVB Women’s World Championship title with an outstanding performance in Germany.

Then 2004 saw the side qualify for the Olympic Games, win the Montreux Volley Masters and finish second at the World Grand Prix. In 2005 they took silver again at the World Grand Prix before winning bronze in 2006, and 2007 was a golden year for the side as they won the European Championship and the FIVB World Cup.

In 2008 they picked up their third bronze medal at the FIVB World Grand Prix, a feat they repeated in 2010, and they also won the 2009 FIVB World Grand Champions Cup.

Their recent success and previous World Championship winning exploits in 2002 puts Italy amongst the favourites for a medal in Japan, however, to ensure that the medal is a golden one, coach Massimo Barbolini has the big task of getting his team to play consistently at their best.

Coach profile

Massimo Barbolini has continually brought success to Italy ever since becoming coach in 2006.

He has coached the side in 133 matches and at one point held a streak of 26 consecutive victories. This included their European Championship and FIVB World Cup victories in 2007.

The 56-year-old also led his side to victory in the FIVB World Grand Champions Cup last year and has installed a new sense of pride in the team.


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